The announcement means the tenure of one of the most significant figures in the history of the minor leagues is coming to an end. O’Conner joined MiLB as its chief operating officer in 1993 and has served as president since 2007. His 28-year tenure at MiLB has coincided with one of the most successful stretches in the nearly 120 years of the “organized” minor leagues.
His announcement also likely signifies the end of Minor League Baseball as an independent entity. Major League Baseball has laid out a proposal to MiLB that would see MLB take over as the governing body, handling the functions that MiLB’s offices have fulfilled.
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OLD MEETS NEW
Brian Snitker expertly navigated the Braves to a third straight division title despite myriad pitching injuries
Focusing on the Northeast pays off for the Indians
Over the past few years, the Indians have mined the Northeast for talent. The 2020 team got big-time contributions from former college righthanders Aaron Civale (Northeastern) and James Karinchak (Bryant). Waiting in the wings are three more prospects from the region, all from high school: third baseman Nolan Jones (Bensalem, Pa.), catcher Bo Naylor (Mississauga, Ont.) and righthander Lenny Torres (Beacon, N.Y). All five of those players were signed by area scout Mike Kanen, a former Baseball America intern. BA recently spoke with Kanen about his first impressions of those players. The interview is edited for brevity.
Bobby Dickerson was integral in transforming the Padres’ infield from error-prone to October-caliber
TRUST THE TOOLS
The minor league season was lost, but dynasty players should keep the faith for these nine prospects
HISTORY IN THE MAKING: FEW TEAMS CAN MATCH THE DODGERS' DOMINANCE
The 2020 Dodgers led the National League in runs scored and fewest runs allowed.
From scouting to player development to analytics to acquisition, the Dodgers cover all the bases as baseball’s model franchise.
COAST TO COAST
Andrew Friedman has more money to play with in Los Angeles than he did in Tampa Bay, but his core principles remain unchanged— just like the results
WINTER OF DISCONTENT
The hot stove could quickly turn to deep freeze
A MODERN-DAY CRASH DAVIS
Cody Decker mashed his way into the hearts of minor league fans
A LASTING LEGACY
All-star player. Decorated manager. Ambassador for the Dominican Republic. Felipe Alou wore many hats, but above all he was a pioneer who helped pave the way for generations of Latino players.
Playing Games Honduras-style
Would you play the same games in Honduras that you do in the United States? You might. Children in Honduras enjoy many of the same games North Americans do. They go fishing and shoot baskets. They play sandlot baseball—called bate (BAH tay). They fly kites and ride bikes. Their parents may go horseback riding or play golf or tennis.
2021 TOPPS PRO DEBUT CHROME GOES BACK TO THE MINORS
2021 Topps Pro Debut Baseball offers the annual flagship-style look at minor league baseball.
Local healthcare professionals worked tirelessly on the frontlines when the pandemic hit Northern Michigan and the battle continues. We’re sharing some of their stories here—stories of incredible interdisciplinary teamwork, grit and resilience, long hours beyond normal responsibilities, gratitude for colleague and community support and capable task forces that remain intact.
EARLY LOOK AT 2021 TOPPS TRIBUTE
THE PRODUCT HAS SOME BIG-TIME HITS
FAT'S IN FIRE FOR A-ROD & J.LO!
She’s nagging about weight, but sports big doesn’t care
Turn a Classic Wooden Bat
Learn how to beat the chatter.
GOT QUESTIONS ON 2020 BOWMAN CHROME BASEBALL?
WE’VE GOT ANSWERS
A sofa, the site of a family’s history, receives and gives a second life.
THE GAMES MUST GO ON
COVID-19 UPENDED THE NBA, THE NFL, THE NHL, AND MLB. HOW THE PROFESSIONAL SPORTS LEAGUES RESPONDED OFFERS A GLIMPSE INTO OUR FUTURE.
FULLY LOADED Fernando Tatis Jr. does it all
Stop me if you have heard this before: Baseball is in trouble. The game has lived through more than its share of scandals, work stoppages, and demographic challenges. And that was just in 2020.